8mm / 9.5mm / 16mm film contain an enormous amount of information. Regardless of the age or condition of the film, the right people using the right technology (frame-by-frame digital capture, wetgate, software) can dramatically restore aged / damaged film to better than "true".
Our film scanning technology uses an LED array to illuminate the film and is completely sprocketless employing archival-grade (PTR) rollers to transport and physically clean the film before running it though the built-in wetgate. The wetgate system provides an additional mechanism for cleaning the film by applying a film cleaner solution (Isopropanol) directly to the film which has the added benefit of filling in any cracks or lines in the film emulsion resulting in a significant improvement to the visual quality of the scanned film.
Once captured into an uncompressed digital file we apply custom film restoration software providing filters for dirt removal, stabilization, sharpening and de-graining.
Our technology and process provides for a true frame-by-frame digital capture of your film with the option for a "Standard Definition" OR "High Definition (2K)" scan best suited for today's HD-large screen TV's. The price to convert 8mm / Super8 / 16mm film to a unique DIGITAL FILE (one per reel) or DVD (chaptered) is based on a per reel / per linear foot of film basis which is prorated to reflect the actual amount of film we process – you only pay for what you get back.
Our Standard Grade process provides for a RAW transfer of the film to either Standard Definition MPEG4 digital file or DVD.
Our Archival Grade process provides for full “digital clean up” of the footage adjusting for contrast, light and grain as well colour-correction to either a (1) Standard Definition MPEG4 digital file or DVD or (2) a High Definition MPEG4 (HD) or an uncompressed .MOV digital file.
Turn around time is 10 - 15 business days and once complete we will contact you to coordinate pick-up/ return. We do offer a RUSH SERVICE with 24 – 72 hour turn around guaranteed – the rush fee is 25% the value of the order.DETAILED TECHNICAL SPECS
We have a very rigorous Quality Control process which gives us the confidence to say that we completely stand behind our work and guarantee the results. If there are any issues with the quality or performance of the digital materials created (not having to do with the physical condition of your media) we will reprocess those materials at our expense, no questions / no hassles.
We are committed to ensuring the Privacy and Security of our clients information:
“Working with Digital Treasures was a great experience from start to finish. Our company needed to get some digital conversion work done quickly and at high quality and DT delivered on both accounts. They made the whole process simple and stress-free and provided us with a great quality product. We’re already planning to do repeat business converting our old video archive and I would highly recommend their services to others.”
“The David Suzuki Foundation turned 25 years old this week! The Foundation trusted Digital Treasures with 25 years’ worth of irreplaceable archival video footage. Marc and team were a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Professional, trustworthy and an outstanding finished product. Expectations exceeded.
Thank you for helping to preserve and share our history.”
“I have this afternoon received the return of my film and your digital scans. A quick look and I'm thrilled! Thank you so much for the clearly considered attention to my requests.
I'm also recommending you to friends at the Vancouver Art Gallery Imaging Department. More to come, with again sincere thanks for this.”
In 2014 Digital Treasures went fully commercial and became a part of the Digital Treasury Group (DTG). DTG is exclusively focused on being the highest-quality provider of full-suite media conversion and archiving services nationally. We operate under a fully integrated ‘lean’ business model utilizing industry best practices for providing low-cost/high-value digital solutions to the commercial, institutional and retail marketplaces. Our infrastructure has been purpose-built to (1) mitigate all potential risks associated with the handling and processing of a high volume of multiple media formats and (2) ensure the delivery of a best-quality digital solution fit to the client’s specific requirements. Our methodology is based upon 10 years of dedicated media conversion and archiving experience coupled with 15 years of leading-edge corporate experience resulting in the creation of what we know to be the “best in class” provider of these services in Canada.